After some teasing, Zeekr released the first official photo of its third model without any pretense. Instead of calling it the 003, Geely’s offshoot EV company has opted to call its new product the Zeekr X, which is a bit surprising given that its first two models were called 001 and 009, respectively.

Details are limited at the moment, but Chinese media reports say the all-electric crossover will make its public debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April before going on sale within the year – with an expected starting price of 200,000 yuan (RM126,560).

Based on the Geely Scalable Electrical Architecture (SEA) also used in the smart #1, the X measures 4,450mm long, 1,836mm wide and 1,572mm wide, with a wheelbase span of 2,750mm. While the overall length is longer than previously expected, the X has the same wheelbase as the #1. It’s also 180mm longer and 14mm wider, but 64mm lower.

In terms of styling, the X stands out with its distinctive LED daytime running lights similar to those on the 009. The DRL is part of a dual-level lighting setup, with the main headlights (using matrix lighting technology) flanking the camera on an enclosed ‘grille’.

Meanwhile, the vertical air curtains on the edges of the bumper are accompanied by additional black trim and extend to the trapezoidal air intakes on the lower apron. The hood also has noticeable creases, and the sides of the vehicle feature black body cladding.

You’ll also notice the side-view mirrors and the odd perch on the beltline, which sweeps up towards the chunky C-pillar. Pushing toward the rear, the roofline slopes gently down towards the roof spoiler and rather upright windows, the latter joined by full-width taillights at the bottom. Other elements are a diffuser-like lower apron and vertical reflectors that mimic the ones you see up front.

Based on spy shots, the X’s dashboard is minimalistic, with the almost vertical dash containing a small digital gauge cluster and large touchscreen infotainment system. The center console between the front seats is separate from the center stack, complete with armrests and storage.

Reports suggest the X will get the same powertrain options as the #1, including single-motor, rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setups. Power output ranges from 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) to 428 PS (422 hp or 315 kW), and the battery may have an energy capacity of 66 kWh.

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